Widening participation in higher education
At Manchester we seek excellence, inclusivity and impact in everything that we do. Widening participation in higher education – in particular, enabling fairer access to a Manchester education for talented students from all backgrounds – is central to our values as a world-class university.
The University of Manchester Widening Participation runs a wide range of programmes designed to raise awareness of higher education and improve access. Our work is varied and some of our programmes have specific target groups, such as care experienced students and students from BAME backgrounds.
Find out more by reading our 2021 annual report on widening participation (PDF document, 3.33 MB) which highlights some of our most significant programmes across the student lifecycle.
Explore our work with primary and secondary pupils.
Find out how our schemes are helping students access higher education.
Our partner organisations
Discover who we've partnered with in the north west.
Care-experienced young people
We're committed to supporting young people who are care-experienced to succeed in higher education.
Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Engagement Programme
We're reducing barriers into higher education experienced by those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.
Disabled student outreach
Find out what support is available for disabled students making the transition to higher education.